September 19th, 2010
02:08 AM ET

Missing 'cult-like' group found alive after suicide fears

A group of 13 Salvadoran immigrants missing in southern California amid fears that they planned a cult-like mass suicide have been found alive, a sheriff's spokesman said Sunday.

Authorities had been scouring the Palmdale area of northern Los Angeles County on horseback and by helicopter Sunday in search of the group, which included eight children between the ages of 3 and 17, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A resident spotted one of the vehicles identified in the lookout and notified the sheriff's department, he said.


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  1. 4EverBlue

    Yikes. took me years to de-program myself after being raised as a Jehovah's Witness. They're a bad one... they dress themselves up like a harmless Christian bible-study church, but harmless they're not. Dangerous mind and life-control cult. They will ruin any friend or family member who drinks their particularly foul brand of Kool-Aid. Beware.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Im glad you "De-Programed " yourself. Now your free to commit adultery, kill your neighbor, cheat the government, cheat on you taxes, steal from work, smoke, get drunk, believe the hypocrisy of mainstream religion, and much more. Congratulations.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • 20/20

      JD...don't be a brainwashed idiot, you sound like a parrot that just got out of a convention. Just because someone no longer want to associate themselves with JW doctrine does not mean they are neck deep in "Worldly" actions. Witnesses have two defense cards up their sleeve that are utter bologna "FDS" & "Light Getting Brighter". Once you realize JW chronology is laughable and that Proverbs 4 is talking about personality traits, all you have left is a bunch of brainwashed, judgmental, socially retarded false prophets. Every religion has some human that is supposedly closer to god than the adherents, so they blindly follow them...sounds like a cult to me.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Well, if adhering to basic bible principles makes me a "brainwashed idiot" the i gladly accept your childish name calling. I could not care less if you want to be an Atheist, Catholic, Muslim, Wiccan, or whatever. That's your business. You can be anti this... or anti that... who cares. However, your name calling and hate-baiting shows your true level of immaturity. Oh, and thanks for putting Gods name out there. Like they say, "there is no such thing as bad press." Please feel free to continue to use "Jehovah" in all of your anti JW posts. It cracks me up when I see JW haters continue the preaching work by still using God's name. Good work.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jcase75

    Hopefully one day my hometown will be known for more notable things than drugs and crazies...I moved to Hollywood, so its been an easy transition.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. david


    September 19, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • qballnv

      Sorry, but when there's children involved I have a hard time throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so to say. The next time you have a thought....let it go

      September 19, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. JamesNM

    I hope they find these individuals and prevent them from harming themselves or others. Also, to define "cult" that word merely refers to a group that does not have mainstream beliefs. It does not necessarily mean they are strange or violent.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. travler

    The end, is truly near.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawaiikaos

      Maybe for you, but not me. I'm optimistic we can keep civilization going for hundreds of thousands if not millions of years, and then hopefully we continue to evolve and speciate into new and interesting forms (and we're getting the tools to take control of our own evolution, which I think opens up some really cool possibilities). This concept of "end times" is just self-fulfilling bull. We don't need to choose if we don't want to, and I'm in the latter camp. Stop being such Debbie downers peeps.

      September 19, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. ZAR

    christian fundamentalism?

    September 19, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tanbiker

    Let's hope they are all Republican "born again" right wing "christians" who recently joined the tea party.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • aConcernedCitizen

      so, you use this article to spill hatred towards republicains because they have different views than you? you make me sick sir!

      On Topic: people like this give christians a bad name. If there is anyone with a brain, they will realize this but judging by some retards on the comment section I have little hope for that. I just hope they can find the children in time before these morons can do something tragic.

      September 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Good lord, this story has brought out all of the mental cases on this comment thread!

    September 19, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric2

      and one of them is named Eric!

      September 20, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. veteran

    In a world with 8 billion people, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. It's sad, but it happens. Just live your life, and be a good person. That should get you through to the end.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      rAmen! I'm with you 110%. This commenting system STINKS, You people who believe in fairy tales, why do you bother eating, or going to school? Just put your faith in the lord! Then we can be done with you morons and finally evolve some more. You're holding us back, religitards.

      September 19, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Broseph

    Including yourself. Get back to sleeping with Jesus an living a lie.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. agent

    why....all religions are cults.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rock God

    Jesus Kills

    September 19, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • jerry


      September 19, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Harmonika Savingsbonds

      Jesus is their emotional buttplugs.

      September 19, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. jcase75

    @Eric I couldn't possibly agree more!!

    September 19, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. little johnny

    such sad bul-krap , i'm afraid for lives hurt by religion ranting and preaching and non-religion sillyness as well, and yes , i too am sure it does happen more often , wejust dont hear about it all the time .. amen.. lol

    September 19, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. gene1o

    you who build these alters now/ to sacrifice these children/you must not do it any more! leonard cohen, ca. '67

    September 19, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
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